An Enugu-based lawyer, Peter Eze has expressed regret over the speedy decline of the spirit of unity across government colleges in the country.

Eze was speaking yesterday at the unveiling of the 50th-year founders day celebration logo of the Federal Government College (FGC), Enugu.

Delivering his address titled “FGC at 50, the journey so far, Eze said that colleges such as FGC Enugu which was established in 1973, were intended to foster unity among the Nigerian school age from different cultural, geographical, and social backgrounds.

Eze who graduated from the college in 1978 said that at inception, the school had students from the 12 states that existed at the time and that teachers were also recruited from all the states.

“The move helped students to establish relationships among themselves beyond tribal and ethnic lines,” he said. “The government gave students the opportunity to express themselves and gain first-class education anywhere in the country”.

He however regretted that the purpose of unity has been defeated majorly because of widespread insecurity in the country, adding that at FGC Enugu for instance, you have students predominantly from the southeast region.

“The same thing is happening to the NYSC where people are paying money not to go to certain zones of the country”. ” Nobody wants to send their children to a location where security is not assured”.

He said that the founder’s day celebration which will hold between August 3-6, 2023 will provide an opportunity for the school to look at where it started, where it is and where it is headed.

He advised students of the school to pursue their different endeavours diligently in order to make the school, their families and Nigeria proud.

“You must use your education to get to the top of wherever you want to be in life,” he said. ‘ The FGC provides you the opportunity and background to excel and play a role in the unity of our country”.

Earlier In his address, the National President of FGCE Old Students Association, Nnadozie Eze, thanked the Director Principal of FGC Enugu, Grace Tarkehi and her team for their dedication in both teaching the students for academic enrichment and for guiding them for personal growth.

He also thanked all the alumni class sets and chapters who have consistently dedicated their resources to improving a lot of the students through mentorship programs and infrastructural development efforts.

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